Laudrup rules out Michu's Arsenal move
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has ruled out any possibility of striker Michu moving to Arsenal or any club this summer even if a “ridiculous” offer is made for the Spaniard.
Arsene Wenger was said to be interested in bringing the player to the Emirates after conceding defeat in his attempt to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool but Laudrup has dismissed any such move and says he has the backing of his chairman that no offer will be entertained.
The 27 year old striker joined the club last year for just £2million from Rayo Vallencano and having scored 22 times in his debut season was said to be on the radar of a number of top clubs but Laudrup is adamant that no matter what he will be a part of his squad for the coming season as there is no time to find a suitable replacement.
“I think economically the club is very good,” the Danish manager said. “I know if they (Arsenal) came in with a very late bid, I know that the reaction from the board and chairman will be “No”, even if the money is online casino ridiculous, as we will not have time to find a replacement who is near enough to the same standard.”
Laudrup says that Michu is vital for the club”s survival in the Premier League and that however big a potential offer from Arsenal would be it is not enough to tempt the club”s officals from selling a player who is happy to remain at the Liberty Stadium.
“You can say we would get a lot of money but why be the richest club in the championship? What is that worth?
“I spoke to Michu last year and he extended his contract and asked me about mine and I said “I am going to stay here”, and he said, “So am I”.”
Wenger”s bid to bring Suarez to the Emirates appears to have reached an end as the Uruguayan arrives back on Merseyside with no progress in his attempt to convince Brendan Rodgers and the club”s management into parting with him for a £40million fee.
Rodgers will meet with Suarez today to clear the air around the player”s grievances that he has not been allowed leave for a Champions League club but the manager says that he will no longer speak about the player”s future and will not answer any questions relating to him until his ban ends in late September.